Building and maintaining peace requires the voice and
leadership of women. In Zanzibar, however, women are still left behind in the
peace and reconciliation processes at the national and local levels.
participation of women has been considered to be less important than that of
men. Politics in general is often seen as a violent and dangerous domain that
is not suitable for women; it is seen as irrelevant, even if they are affected
directly and indirectly by the violent conflicts caused by the various current
political divisions. Based on these
factors, JUWAUZA implemented a four months project named Tushiriki Pamoja to
ensure increased participation of women, challenging attitudes and practices
that hinder active and passive participation.
This project was funded by The
Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) with 27,000,000 Tanzanian Shillings. The aim
was to bring a wider adoption, deeper and more inclusive understanding of
gender in peace and security, strengthening consideration and recognition of
women’s efforts in reconciliation and peace processes in Zanzibar.